[Albany Democrat Herald - opinion]
A little story in the paper last week told of a strange ruling by a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It ordered Oregon and Washington wildlife officials to stop killing sea lions at Bonneville Dam.
In 2008, the federal government authorized the selective killing of sea lions at the dam in order to reduce their predation of endangered salmon and steelhead.
The Humane Society of the United States opposed this. And now the 9th Circuit has found that the government had failed to explain why sea lions must be killed for eating salmon while humans are allowed to take much larger numbers of those endangered fish.